Do you believe in Science?
That is a popular new idea, especially in the fight against COVID.
Do you believe in Shamanism? Or are you interested in Wiccan beliefs? Have you heard of the rise of New Paganism? The calls to believe are growing.
Science: Some people talk about Science as a religion, something to believe in. In arguments about COVID and vaccinations, for example, someone might say “I believe in Science.” If they are talking to you, that probably means you are wrong.
The problem with believing in science is that the Scientific Method, that directs scientific research, is a method of working and not a system to believe in. It was never meant to be the source of answers. A real scientist is a doubting skeptic who questions everything, including the commonly accepted answers to problems. Constant, restless searching leads to new ideas.
In High School, I was one of the nerdy members of the science club, and this method was taught to us by our science teachers. We were supposed to always ask questions and never accept the commonly received answers.
I also remember that day when our teachers came to a meeting late, and all of us boys were engaged in a giant sword fight with meter sticks. I remember the looks of disappointment on the teachers’ faces. We were busted, and we were immature, but we did learn the basic rules from those faithful teachers.
Science is about questions.
Have you noticed that the political arguments about COVID or vaccines never encourage us to ask questions? We are told to trust, not to debate and question. We know that science finds new ways by asking questions and doubting. We don’t find the truth by believing together in a thing with a name. That is Paganism.
Our modern societies are changing, and the way we solve problems is changing; the New Paganism is growing. The battle with COVID is a good example. It’s not about what we believe, but how we believe. Science is a good thing, but it can become something we believe without really understanding:
I can’t say that the people in the video believe in something that they don’t understand; that would be rude. I do know people who believe, but don’t really understand. When this ‘Science’ thing is something we can believe in together, we can easily make it into a god that we don’t have to understand. We just have to believe together.
Paganism is believing together, in something bigger than ourselves:
This is a huge change in the way we solve problems. When we believe together, we somehow give power to the thing that we believe in. It’s a new-old way that is growing around us, everywhere.
Brace yourself for some big changes.
I am writing as a Christian. When these new-old ideas grow, a new world view will grow among us. About two thousand years ago, the first Christians travelled to a large city called Ephesus.
A big part of the economy in Ephesus was the worship of the goddess Diana. The Ephesians had the image of Diana or Artemis that fell from heaven, probably a large meteorite. A tourist industry grew from pilgrimages to the Ephesian temple where the image was kept, and the city prospered.
Silversmiths made small images of the goddess and sold them to pilgrim-tourists, and they made a good living from this trade. They probably saw the Christian preachers as Jews, and the Jews had their temple in Jerusalem, with its own pilgrim-tourist industry. They were angry at the competition. You might know the story of how Jesus made a whip and drove the money changers out of the Jerusalem temple. Jesus did not like the business of religion.
In Ephesus, the riot went on for hours, and the Christians were almost killed.
We read these words:
“’So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship.‘ Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, ‘Great is Diana of the Ephesians!’ So the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed into the theatre” (Acts 19, 27 to 29)
- Something was mysterious and bigger than them.
- They believed together, with great devotion.
- Discussion was with slogans, mantras, and insults.
I believe that the new old religions like the Wiccans and Shamans bring a different way of thinking, and solving problems. We may not all join those movements, but we will all be affected by a new way of organizing politics, and solving issues. The attitude is like ‘Don’t doubt, just believe with us.’
Does that remind you of modern politics?
Christians should know, this is not what we were told.
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28 to 30)